Articles tagged "Occupy Wall Street"

Word of the Day: Economics Cont'd

Two weeks ago, we offered you a few nonfiction suggestions to cultivate a more nuanced understanding of the Occupy Wall Street discussion.

Today, we have another excellent reading recommendation for patrons interested in learning more about America's economic condition, in this case, as it relates to law.

How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful
by Glenn Greenwald

Over the past four decades, the principle of equality before the law has been effectively abolished. Instead, a two-tiered system of justice ensures that the country's political and financial class is virtually immune from prosecution, licensed to act without restraint, while the politically powerless are imprisoned with greater ease and in greater numbers than in any other country in the world.

Cogent, sharp, and urgent, this is a no-holds-barred indictment of a profoundly un-American system that sanctions immunity at the top and mercilessness for everyone else.

"Greenwald lets no one off the hook in demonstrating the vast differences in legal recourse between rich and poor, powerful and weak." -Kirkus Reviews

"Greenwald, called one of the '25 Most Influential Liberals in the U.S. Media' by Forbes and a 'blogosphere superstar' by Mother Jones, is just the guy to write this book. Not for legalists only." -Library Journal

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Word of the Day: Economics

That's right! We're still on our Word of the Day kick and today we're talking economics.

With the Occupy Wall Street discussion on everyone's minds, your patrons might be coming to you for some nonfiction reading guidance. We have a few suggestions for you.

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
Barbara Ehrenreich

In this Alex Award winning book, Ehrenreich, a sharp and original social critic, goes "undercover" as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity.

How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities
John Cassidy

In this Pulitzer Prize finalist, Cassidy describes the rising influence of "utopian economies"—the thinking that is blind to how real people act and that denies the many ways an unregulated free market can bring on disaster.

The Next Convergence: The Future of Economic Growth in a Multispeed World
Michael Spence

Spence, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, explains what happened to cause a dramatic shift after World War II between massive growth in the industrialized West to explosive growth in the developing world.

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